The Lieutenant's Bargain (Fort Reno, #2)
Hattie Walker dreams of becoming a painter, while her parents want her to settle down. As a compromise, they give her two months to head to Denver and place her works in an exhibition or give up the dream forever. Her journey is derailed when a gunman attacks her stagecoach, leaving her to be rescued by a group of Arapaho . . . but she's too terrified to recognize them as friendly.Confirmed bachelor Lieutenant Jack Hennessey has long worked with the tribe and is tasked with trying to convince them that the mission school at Fort Reno can help their children. When a message arrives about a recovered survivor, Jack heads out to take her home--and plead his case once more.He's stunned to run into Hattie Walker, the girl who shattered his heart--but quickly realizes he has a chance to impress her. When his plan gets tangled through translation, Jack and Hattie end up in a mess that puts her dreams in peril--and tests Jack's resolve to remain single.

The Lieutenant's Bargain (Fort Reno, #2) Details

TitleThe Lieutenant's Bargain (Fort Reno, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 4th, 2018
PublisherBethany House Publishers
ISBN-139780764218941
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Romance, Christian, Fiction, Christian Fiction

The Lieutenant's Bargain (Fort Reno, #2) Review

  • Kellyn Roth
    January 1, 1970
    Loved it! Read it as fast as I could - stayed up past 2 twice in a row to finish!
  • Brittany
    January 1, 1970
    This story was so good!! I think it is my favorite book by this author yet! The situation that Jack and Hattie find themselves in means that they must spend a lot of time together, really getting to know each other. Both Hattie and Jack come to realize that they never truly knew each other the way that they thought that they did. Hattie and Jack had formed ideas of who the other was, yet their ideas were not accurate. I loved watching them get to know each other and the attraction that grew betw This story was so good!! I think it is my favorite book by this author yet! The situation that Jack and Hattie find themselves in means that they must spend a lot of time together, really getting to know each other. Both Hattie and Jack come to realize that they never truly knew each other the way that they thought that they did. Hattie and Jack had formed ideas of who the other was, yet their ideas were not accurate. I loved watching them get to know each other and the attraction that grew between them.I also enjoyed the peek into life at the Arapaho school and watching as Jack tried to keep things running smoothly for the children at the school. All of the interactions between the Arapaho children, their teachers, and Jack and Hattie were so interesting.Jack and Hattie were great characters and it was so fun to return to another story set in Fort Reno. If you have not read book one in the series, I believe you can still enjoy The Lieutenant’s Bargain as a stand alone novel, too.I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.You can read this review on my blog:https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...
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  • Jen.
    January 1, 1970
    .This was a great addition to the Fort Reno series!One independent, aspiring painter. One bookish, romantically challenged lieutenant. One request lost in translation. One engaging story!The Lieutenant’s Bargain is the newest novel in Regina Jennings’ Fort Reno Series. While it can be read on its own, it may be helpful to read the series in order to get to know the supporting characters and become familiar with historic Fort Reno.Hattie Walker is the survivor of a stagecoach attack. Jack Henness .This was a great addition to the Fort Reno series!One independent, aspiring painter. One bookish, romantically challenged lieutenant. One request lost in translation. One engaging story!The Lieutenant’s Bargain is the newest novel in Regina Jennings’ Fort Reno Series. While it can be read on its own, it may be helpful to read the series in order to get to know the supporting characters and become familiar with historic Fort Reno.Hattie Walker is the survivor of a stagecoach attack. Jack Hennessey is the Army lieutenant sent to rescue her. Jack is surprised to see it’s Hattie that needs rescuing. They were classmates in school back in their hometown of Van Buren, Arkansas…and Jack has been carrying a torch for Hattie for years.Due to a misunderstanding as Jack tries to impress Hattie, they find themselves in a rather interesting predicament. I enjoyed seeing their relationship blossom as they tried to make the best of their surprising situation.In addition to the romance, there’s a mystery afoot, a storyline I found especially interesting! And, all this happened during Christmas preparations at Fort Reno and the neighboring Darlington School!The Lieutenant’s Bargain is a lovely blend of mystery, romance and interesting historical details. I look forward to future stories from this series and from author Regina Jennings!I received a complimentary copy of the book from author Regina Jennings and Bethany House Publishers. A positive review was not required. All opinions expressed are completely my own.
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  • Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)
    January 1, 1970
    So stinkin’ cute! I just love the fort.Full review to come.
  • Trisha Robertson (Joy of Reading)
    January 1, 1970
    See full review at: https://joyofreadingweb.wordpress.com...From start to finish, I loved this book! The characters are multifaceted, dynamic, full of life, spunk, and charm. I enjoyed their playful banter and I couldn’t help but stay up late into the night reading and enjoying every moment of this page-turning, engaging story!While this story is the second in the Fort Reno series, you can easily read it as a stand-alone and not feel lost. I loved reading this story, it has found a place on my k See full review at: https://joyofreadingweb.wordpress.com...From start to finish, I loved this book! The characters are multifaceted, dynamic, full of life, spunk, and charm. I enjoyed their playful banter and I couldn’t help but stay up late into the night reading and enjoying every moment of this page-turning, engaging story!While this story is the second in the Fort Reno series, you can easily read it as a stand-alone and not feel lost. I loved reading this story, it has found a place on my keeper shelf and will come out again in the future for additional reading enjoyment! I give this story 5-enthusiastic stars and encourage you to pick up a copy for yourself to enjoy as soon as possible!(I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)
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  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    Another great book by Ms Jennings! The historical parts I dearly love because I love reading about places I can only dream about. History, adventures, danger and a love story, what can get better than that? She makes me laugh but also makes me reflect on how it used to be riding on stagecoaches and being scared that they may meet tribes of Indians that are not friendly. I liked both the hero and heroine. Lieutenant Jack was so concerned about the mission school and how it could help the Indian c Another great book by Ms Jennings! The historical parts I dearly love because I love reading about places I can only dream about. History, adventures, danger and a love story, what can get better than that? She makes me laugh but also makes me reflect on how it used to be riding on stagecoaches and being scared that they may meet tribes of Indians that are not friendly. I liked both the hero and heroine. Lieutenant Jack was so concerned about the mission school and how it could help the Indian children to learn. Hattie pushes through her fear to try to help identify the murderer. If you like Historical Fiction I recommend “The Lieutenant’s Bargain”. I think you would enjoy this author too. I received this book from Bethany House Publishers on behalf of the author. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book and I think it's her best yet!!This book was so enjoyable that I couldn't put it down!! There were some spots that I just couldn't help but laugh out loud and some i wanted to say hip hop hooray!!!Jack and Hattie aren't they something? They were my 2 favorite people in the whole story!!Hattie sure is full of spunk!! I was rooting for her through the whole story!! Hattie reminds me of me in the art department. Oh how I used to love to draw! Jack is a lot like me where books are I loved this book and I think it's her best yet!!This book was so enjoyable that I couldn't put it down!! There were some spots that I just couldn't help but laugh out loud and some i wanted to say hip hop hooray!!!Jack and Hattie aren't they something? They were my 2 favorite people in the whole story!!Hattie sure is full of spunk!! I was rooting for her through the whole story!! Hattie reminds me of me in the art department. Oh how I used to love to draw! Jack is a lot like me where books are concerned!! I love his quiet and strong presence when he walks into a room or wherever you're at. It's why I just love him!! I admire him for what he does for a living. Of course, I loved the Indians too!! I felt like when I met Chief Right Hand I knew him forever. He's truly hilarious!!!I recommend this book if you want a good laugh and a place to get away from the real worldI received a complimentary copy from Bethany House. No compensations were received and all opinions are honest
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  • Cara Putman
    January 1, 1970
    Another thoroughly enjoyable romp through Fort Reno. I love the fresh take on a marriage of convenience. A delightful historical romance.
  • Dawn
    January 1, 1970
    This was a fun book. I found it light-hearted. I loved how Hattie was searching for beauty in Colorado, but found it among the Arapaho. I also loved Jack. He was so great with Hattie. I received a copy from the publisher in order to help promote it. My thoughts and opinions are my own.Rating 4 starsRecommended to fans of Jody Hedlund, Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy
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  • Phyllis
    January 1, 1970
    The Lieutenant’s Bargain is the second of Regina Jennings’ books I have read. What I have found each time is that reading her stories leaves me anxious to read more. Her imaginative, quirky, adventurous writing with such charming characters is very appealing.After her stagecoach is robbed, leaving Hattie as the only witness of the murders, she flees into the wilderness. When she is rescued by friendly Arapaho, she mistakenly believes they are going to kill her. Her attempts to escape and reactio The Lieutenant’s Bargain is the second of Regina Jennings’ books I have read. What I have found each time is that reading her stories leaves me anxious to read more. Her imaginative, quirky, adventurous writing with such charming characters is very appealing.After her stagecoach is robbed, leaving Hattie as the only witness of the murders, she flees into the wilderness. When she is rescued by friendly Arapaho, she mistakenly believes they are going to kill her. Her attempts to escape and reactions to the food they try to feed her are hilarious and even funnier is the name they bestow on her as a result.Jack, the boy-now-lieutenant, who had been so in love with her when they were in school together, has no idea Hattie is the one going to take off the local tribe’s hands. While he understands some of the Arapaho language, there is much he doesn’t know and his attempts at impressing her don’t turn out quite like he planned.The interactions between Hattie and Jack are so comical! They are also tender and sweet as he is the only one who is able to make her feel secure after her trauma. I loved the way Jack appeared so in control and fastidious, and yet his house was a bit of a disaster with books piled up everywhere. When Hattie attempted to help him straighten up (without his knowledge, of course!), the results were hilarious. Who but an artist would ever think to organize books like that?In addition to the great story and personal interactions, the book is also carefully researched and has so many details about the interactions between the “Indians” and the settlers in the Oklahoma Territory. The details of the missionary school and the tenuous relations with the tribes were not only fascinating and illuminating, they were also woven into the story very naturally.Historical fiction readers who enjoy humor, adventure, and spiritual lessons should put this book on their must-read list!Read my full review with a Preview at Among the ReadsI was given a copy of this book for free. I was not required to give a favorable review nor was any money received for this review. All comments and opinions are my own.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Return to Fort Reno, the Major & Louisa are about to be married. Second in command Lieutenant Jack Hennessy is sent on a mission, one in which will take him back many years to his childhood and a surprise he never imagined would cross his path today. A misunderstanding leaves him facing his biggest challenge yet and it has nothing to do with military exercise. For Hattie Walker desperate to create some level of independence- her journey to Denver to pursue her art career comes to an abrupt h Return to Fort Reno, the Major & Louisa are about to be married. Second in command Lieutenant Jack Hennessy is sent on a mission, one in which will take him back many years to his childhood and a surprise he never imagined would cross his path today. A misunderstanding leaves him facing his biggest challenge yet and it has nothing to do with military exercise. For Hattie Walker desperate to create some level of independence- her journey to Denver to pursue her art career comes to an abrupt halt. She didn’t expect to see Jack again but his familiar face surely is a relief after everything she has experienced so far. As different as Jack & Hattie are, together they seem to balance each other out. First however they have to figure out how to handle the situation they find themselves in. One thing is clear, honoring agreements and traditions seems to be something very important. Not wanting to damage a fragile relationship with the local Indian tribes - they must make a decision that could change the entire course of their lives. It’s interesting to me how there were those who wanted to reach out to the Indians who found themselves being displaced by the white men. Trying to establish schools and efforts to unite the two groups. I do wonder at the motivations of some, but I did appreciate the authors insight into the challenge it was. The scene in which one of the Arapaho is getting a hair cut as per requirements by the school he is attending - was so beautifully detailed. Using Hattie as a witness and in her artistry to look deeper into the emotions was clever. It gave us as a reader a different perspective in which to ponder the complexities of such a thing. As always I appreciate the research the author does in her work, and always there is insight into this time period and history of the area. An original plot line and great characters, including outspoken humorous banter we all love from Private Willis, a little matchmaking from Daniel the result is a fantastic second book in this series. I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House. This is my honest review.
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  • Rachael
    January 1, 1970
    Just as expected, I enjoyed the author's trademark humor and romance, but I found the setting and historical background of the story to be just as compelling.Having studied the old military forts and Indian relations in Minnesota, I was excited to discover the tribal focus in this book. I was curious about how the author would treat the Indian schools; there was a lot that was wrong with them. A lot. But Jack Hennessy has a point in the story--better to go willingly to a school nearby than to be Just as expected, I enjoyed the author's trademark humor and romance, but I found the setting and historical background of the story to be just as compelling.Having studied the old military forts and Indian relations in Minnesota, I was excited to discover the tribal focus in this book. I was curious about how the author would treat the Indian schools; there was a lot that was wrong with them. A lot. But Jack Hennessy has a point in the story--better to go willingly to a school nearby than to be forced to one across the country where one may never see one's family again, where one will lose all connection to one's home, language, and traditions. The government did that, permanently separating many children from their homes by both distance and culture. I respect the fictional main character for building a relationship with the people with whom he was working, for not just expecting them to learn to be like him, but for studying their language and endeavoring to know them better--a mutual trade of ideas. His is an attitude that was frequently lacking amongst the American military and Indian agents. And I like that the portrayal of the cutting of Tom Broken Arrow's hair was treated with dignity and significance; not as just a common haircut, but as something sorrowful, something brave, something life-altering. It might just be the best scene in the book.Hattie definitely starts out rather self-centered, but not unpleasant--I liked her throughout the entire book, which I cannot say for all heroines who start out ignorant and spoiled. But I really like how she grows and changes throughout the story, learning to recognize the beauty and significance in moments and emotions, not just pretty scenery. I especially loved her tribute to the school children. Even with how much I was cringing at the beginning (knowing how Jack's plan to impress the girl could only end in disaster), I really loved how the story unfolded.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    I have so been looking forward to Lieutenant Jack Hennessey’s story since getting to know him and his bookish ways in Holding the Fort. Jack has had a long time secret love for a young woman he grew up with in his hometown. So imagine his surprise when he ends up running in to her again out in Indian Territory by herself after a very harrowing ordeal.Hattie Walker is an artist and a dreamer. Her dream is to make a name for herself with her artwork. However her parents see things quite differentl I have so been looking forward to Lieutenant Jack Hennessey’s story since getting to know him and his bookish ways in Holding the Fort. Jack has had a long time secret love for a young woman he grew up with in his hometown. So imagine his surprise when he ends up running in to her again out in Indian Territory by herself after a very harrowing ordeal.Hattie Walker is an artist and a dreamer. Her dream is to make a name for herself with her artwork. However her parents see things quite differently. They would like for her to marry and settle down. Hattie is not against marriage exactly, she just cannot find the right man to interest her. So she decides to take her parents offer of two months to go to Denver by herself, put her art work in an exhibition, and then come back home to marry and settle down. Hattie is desperate for her artwork to be exhibited but unfortunately finds herself in a dangerous situation and lost on the prairie. After being taken in by the Arapaho tribe, Hattie finds herself being rescued by none other than Jack Hennessey.After a series of misunderstandings and humorous mishaps, Jack and Hattie find themselves in quite a predicament, one that neither planned and it will certainly bear some consequences. I don’t want to say anything else as I was quite surprised at the turn this book took and I enjoyed it immensely. This was at times a humorous and heartwarming story of two people who learn to see each other for who they really are and then must decide if love is worth the risk of a different future and dreams than otherwise planned. This is Jack and Hattie’s enjoyable and re-readable love story.I was provided a copy of this story by Bethany House. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.https://pausefortales.blogspot.com/20...
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  • Lyssa
    January 1, 1970
    I am a fan of Ms. Jennings and all of her books, but I definitely do have favorites. And this book was the best one I've read since A Most Inconvenient Marriage (one of my absolute favorites). This book had everything. Adventure and believable danger, history, humor, and a sweet love story. The misunderstandings were hilarious to read and as I put myself in the character's places, their feelings and choices (and mistakes) were so relatable. I loved Hattie. I loved that she was bold and naive. I I am a fan of Ms. Jennings and all of her books, but I definitely do have favorites. And this book was the best one I've read since A Most Inconvenient Marriage (one of my absolute favorites). This book had everything. Adventure and believable danger, history, humor, and a sweet love story. The misunderstandings were hilarious to read and as I put myself in the character's places, their feelings and choices (and mistakes) were so relatable. I loved Hattie. I loved that she was bold and naive. I loved that she was selfish and self-involved sometimes. I loved that her character had room to grow and mature. I loved the way her priorities changed. And I loved that she relied on her wits and faith to save her from beginning to end.I think I loved Jack even more. I loved his ego and pride. I loved when he was intentionally funny and stuck his foot in his mouth. I laughed out loud at some of his private reflections. I loved his honor and integrity. And I loved the way he loved Hattie.Most of all, I loved the rich history and side stories of tensions and change in Indian Territory. I thought it was sensitive and respectful and so well done. And I was particularly moved by Tom Broken Arrow.I cannot recommend this book enough.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars"I'm not staying here. I can't. . . . . . Besides, this is the last place in the world I'd want to stay."Dreams were over-rated, especially when you were hanging onto the edge of a gully in Oklahoma's vast Indian Territory, fearing for your life. Leaving a comfortable home in order to prove one's artistic talent in a large city like Denver, Colorado now seems laughable. News flash! A vicious killer is on the loose and Hattie Walker is at his mercy, if she manages to survive the night. T 3.5 stars"I'm not staying here. I can't. . . . . . Besides, this is the last place in the world I'd want to stay."Dreams were over-rated, especially when you were hanging onto the edge of a gully in Oklahoma's vast Indian Territory, fearing for your life. Leaving a comfortable home in order to prove one's artistic talent in a large city like Denver, Colorado now seems laughable. News flash! A vicious killer is on the loose and Hattie Walker is at his mercy, if she manages to survive the night. Traumatized by a stagecoach robbery and subsequent murders of all the occupants save herself, Hattie is further terrified when it is a group of Arapaho Indians who come to her rescue. But then that handsome lieutenant arrives.Lieutenant Jack Hennessey cannot believe his eyes; the woman (once a childhood classmate) who has filled his dreams for years has re-appeared, providing him with the perfect opportunity to demonstrate heroism . . . . except that there was a slight twist in the translation. When Jack and Hattie leave the Arapahos and head towards Fort Reno, their lack of juvenile attachment will become the least of their worries."You have to find what God wants you to do, and He's got plans for me as well." Plans, plans, plans. Enjoy every disruption of plans that this book happily provides, it's a lovely continuation of the author's "Fort Reno Series".
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  • Suzie Waltner
    January 1, 1970
    Do you listen to audiobooks? I do when I’m at the office. I mean, I’d never stay up with my monthly TBRs if I didn’t listen to a handful of those. But once in a while I come across a book that has people looking at me whenever they walk by my cubicle because I’m smiling and laughing at whatever I’m listening to. Regina Jennings’ The Lieutenant’s Bargain was one of those books.The misunderstandings with Hattie and Arapaho who rescue her, Jack and the Arapaho when he goes to rescue Hattie, and eve Do you listen to audiobooks? I do when I’m at the office. I mean, I’d never stay up with my monthly TBRs if I didn’t listen to a handful of those. But once in a while I come across a book that has people looking at me whenever they walk by my cubicle because I’m smiling and laughing at whatever I’m listening to. Regina Jennings’ The Lieutenant’s Bargain was one of those books.The misunderstandings with Hattie and Arapaho who rescue her, Jack and the Arapaho when he goes to rescue Hattie, and even Hattie and Jack are entertaining and hilarious. And even though it takes Jack and Hattie a bit too long to discover exactly what they got themselves into, readers catch on quick which just makes it even more enjoyable. Plus, you have Hattie who has the heart of an artist and Jack who is a by-the-book scholarly type. What could possibly go wrong?While the laughs are abundant in this story, there’s also some great lessons immersed in there. The distrust the Native Americans had for the white man, the struggles to educate the Native Americans, and the danger of the time.As Jack and Hattie stick to the constraints of their bargain, they struggle to find the courage to let go of their insecurities and tell the other the truth in their hearts. And that journey is a blast to take with these characters Jennings created.I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
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  • Andrea
    January 1, 1970
    This review is based on the Audible version. Love Love Loved it!!!I wholeheartedly loved this book! I was drawn into the story from the first moment I pressed play. It had me on the edge of my seat from the drama then giggling from a few misunderstandings and surprises.Of all the things that could have happened, Lieutenant Jack never expected to find a woman needing to be rescued. There is a funny line Hattie says to herself about being saved by the Indians and held captive by the Calvary. I lov This review is based on the Audible version. Love Love Loved it!!!I wholeheartedly loved this book! I was drawn into the story from the first moment I pressed play. It had me on the edge of my seat from the drama then giggling from a few misunderstandings and surprises.Of all the things that could have happened, Lieutenant Jack never expected to find a woman needing to be rescued. There is a funny line Hattie says to herself about being saved by the Indians and held captive by the Calvary. I loved seeing her connect with the children and how her heart changed as time went on. This is a wonderful drama with bits of Regina Jennings trademark humor infused throughout. A message of faith and trusting God is gently woven around the natural scenes. Teaching the young Indian children and their parents the Christmas story through a school program was brilliant. There are too many fun moments for me to mention. I loved seeing characters from the first book included here but I think this story stands on its own. I highly recommend this book. I spent the entire day and most of the night listening. Only pausing for a few important business matters.
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  • Lucy
    January 1, 1970
    If you need a break from life and could use a good laugh then look no farther. The writing is well developed and you can imagine Hattie and Jack in the circumstances that revolve around them. I can see the look on his face when she sat beside him on the couch and wanted to kiss him, it cracked me up. I don’t want to include spoilers so I will just say her antics involving Jack will keep you smiling every time you think of it. The roller skating scene is memorable. I think these are my two favori If you need a break from life and could use a good laugh then look no farther. The writing is well developed and you can imagine Hattie and Jack in the circumstances that revolve around them. I can see the look on his face when she sat beside him on the couch and wanted to kiss him, it cracked me up. I don’t want to include spoilers so I will just say her antics involving Jack will keep you smiling every time you think of it. The roller skating scene is memorable. I think these are my two favorite characters from this author, although I’ve enjoyed each book I have read by her. I also enjoyed the historical aspect of the Indian children and the changes they had to endure. Throw in some danger to keep you on your toes and you have the makings of an entertaining and enjoyable read. I appreciated the authors notes at the end for explaining certain things incorporated in the story. My theory is move this one to your must read pile. I received a complimentary copy from the author/publisher. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
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  • Susan F
    January 1, 1970
    This is an enjoyable romance and adventure story that starts out with action. Hattie is a character that changes and matured though the trials she endures. Jack is getting a form of payback for the teasing he gave his superior officer and friend from the previous book in the Fort Reno series. He is also a magnetic male lead. The inclusion of Arapaho natives makes this story interesting and informative. Their caring, loyalty and pride adds such depth to the story, especially their devotion to the This is an enjoyable romance and adventure story that starts out with action. Hattie is a character that changes and matured though the trials she endures. Jack is getting a form of payback for the teasing he gave his superior officer and friend from the previous book in the Fort Reno series. He is also a magnetic male lead. The inclusion of Arapaho natives makes this story interesting and informative. Their caring, loyalty and pride adds such depth to the story, especially their devotion to the children who they are slowly allowing to attend the white man's school. The characters are easy to care about and the believable plot makes me want to read more from the series. This is an excellent story for the Christmas season or any time.Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for my copy. (I must comment that the description in the advanced readers copy about using oil paints and having them mistakenly dry quickly was forgivable because the story is so good.)
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    The Lieutenant’s Bargain ( Fort Reno #2 )By: Regina JenningsThe Lieutenant’s Bargain is book two by Regina Jennings in Fort Reno Series. The author drew me in right away. I love the story and the characters. Jack is the Army Lieutenant and Hattie is an art painter going to Denver. I enjoyed them getting to know each other. They thought they knew each other from years ago. Jack has always loved Hattie, but he got his heart betoken. Hattie goes through a lot , being sent to Denver, her stagecoach The Lieutenant’s Bargain ( Fort Reno #2 )By: Regina JenningsThe Lieutenant’s Bargain is book two by Regina Jennings in Fort Reno Series. The author drew me in right away. I love the story and the characters. Jack is the Army Lieutenant and Hattie is an art painter going to Denver. I enjoyed them getting to know each other. They thought they knew each other from years ago. Jack has always loved Hattie, but he got his heart betoken. Hattie goes through a lot , being sent to Denver, her stagecoach attacked, and took in by the Arapho’s. Jack sent to rescue her, and a bargain puts them in a predicament . What will this do for both of them? I caught myself laughing several times at the two of them. I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Bethany House, but was not told that I had to give a positive review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Doreen
    January 1, 1970
    I like to take a break from suspense once in a while and read something that will make me laugh and smile and that has a lighter touch to it. This book fit the bill. I could see where the “ceremony” was going and had to laugh at what I knew was coming. While this book was not as funny as other Regina Jennings books I’ve read, it felt more poignant to me. I liked seeing Hattie’s attitudes towards the Indians change and vice versa. As an avid roller skater, I enjoyed the inclusion of that scene. I I like to take a break from suspense once in a while and read something that will make me laugh and smile and that has a lighter touch to it. This book fit the bill. I could see where the “ceremony” was going and had to laugh at what I knew was coming. While this book was not as funny as other Regina Jennings books I’ve read, it felt more poignant to me. I liked seeing Hattie’s attitudes towards the Indians change and vice versa. As an avid roller skater, I enjoyed the inclusion of that scene. It was also interesting seeing Jack process his childhood feelings now as an adult. This is book two in the Fort Reno series. While the characters in book 1 play a small part in this story, this book could easily be read as a standalone. Thank you to Bethany House for providing me with a free e-copy of this book. I was not required to leave a positive review. All opinions are my own. Fort Reno series:Book 1: Holding the FortBook 1.5: Bound and DeterminedBook 2: The Lieutenant’s Bargain
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  • Vicky Sluiter
    January 1, 1970
    Every book I read by author Regina Jennings is better than the one before. Book 1 in this series, Holding the Fort, was such an enjoyable read that I had high hopes for Book 2. And I wasn’t disappointed. The Lieutenant’s Bargain was rich in humor and history. I loved it!An independent heroine and a dashing army hero who have a past cause some interesting situations. So well developed you’ll thoroughly enjoy getting to know the characters in this story.Jennings did a very good job researching for Every book I read by author Regina Jennings is better than the one before. Book 1 in this series, Holding the Fort, was such an enjoyable read that I had high hopes for Book 2. And I wasn’t disappointed. The Lieutenant’s Bargain was rich in humor and history. I loved it!An independent heroine and a dashing army hero who have a past cause some interesting situations. So well developed you’ll thoroughly enjoy getting to know the characters in this story.Jennings did a very good job researching for this story and the notes at the end will enhance what was written as a historical novel. Full of surprises, this book is a great read!I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.
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  • Nancy
    January 1, 1970
    I am thrilled when I get to read a book that catches my attention. This book did just that. Hattie is heading to Denver to prove her parents wrong and prove her point to them. The stagecoach she is in gets robs. She is stuck out in the plains alone. Thankfully the Indians found her. After stories she has heard she is quite scared. Lieutenant Jack Hennessy has pined after Hattie since they were kids. He is the one to ‘rescue’ her from the Indians. But he’s distracted by her and a big misinterpret I am thrilled when I get to read a book that catches my attention. This book did just that. Hattie is heading to Denver to prove her parents wrong and prove her point to them. The stagecoach she is in gets robs. She is stuck out in the plains alone. Thankfully the Indians found her. After stories she has heard she is quite scared. Lieutenant Jack Hennessy has pined after Hattie since they were kids. He is the one to ‘rescue’ her from the Indians. But he’s distracted by her and a big misinterpretation happens. And so begins a journey for them both. Hattie learns there’s more and Jack learns to trust in God. I love the lessons learned and the way the author portrays the Indians and gives us insight into their plight. It’s a beautiful Christmas story and I may have shed a few tears along the way. Such a wonderful read for Christmas or any time during the year. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All views stated here are my own.
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  • Kristine Morgan
    January 1, 1970
    I loved The Lieutenant's Bargain! I would say the theme for this book is that God can use anything for good. Hattie Walker is headed to Denver to prove that she can be an artist. Hattie survives a stagecoach robbery and ends up in the care of Lieutenant Jack Hennessey a former childhood friend. This novel has a strong plot and beautiful settings. The dialogue brings the story to life. I always enjoy reading books by Regina Jennings. She continues to grow as an author. So grab a glass of Meadow t I loved The Lieutenant's Bargain! I would say the theme for this book is that God can use anything for good. Hattie Walker is headed to Denver to prove that she can be an artist. Hattie survives a stagecoach robbery and ends up in the care of Lieutenant Jack Hennessey a former childhood friend. This novel has a strong plot and beautiful settings. The dialogue brings the story to life. I always enjoy reading books by Regina Jennings. She continues to grow as an author. So grab a glass of Meadow tea and settle in for a great read!I was given a copy of this book by NetGalley.com with noe expectations. All thoughts are my own.
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  • Sara Cardon
    January 1, 1970
    This is hilarious! I love Hattie and Jack. She's traveling to Denver for the last chance her parents will give her to pursue more depth to her art (and hopefully some recognition). Her stagecoach is robbed and she's the only survivor. Jack finds her among the Native Americans who rescued her, and he sees a chance to impress the woman he's loved secretly for years. Except something gets misunderstood in the translation with the tribe - and Jack and Hattie are married by the chief. I love the spon This is hilarious! I love Hattie and Jack. She's traveling to Denver for the last chance her parents will give her to pursue more depth to her art (and hopefully some recognition). Her stagecoach is robbed and she's the only survivor. Jack finds her among the Native Americans who rescued her, and he sees a chance to impress the woman he's loved secretly for years. Except something gets misunderstood in the translation with the tribe - and Jack and Hattie are married by the chief. I love the spontaneity of Hattie, and Jack's bookish ways. This is a romp of a story! And so full of life. I loved it.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    The Lieutenant's Bargain is the second installment from Regina Jennings series, Fort Reno. I have to say this one is probably among my favorites written by her, as well as, among my top ten favorites I have read in 2018. Hattie and Jack's story is so sweet, fun, and delightful. I can not tell how much I love The Lieutenant's Bargain. I would give it one hundred stars if I could. I highly highly recommend it. I can not wait to see what happens in the third addition to Fort Reno series. I received The Lieutenant's Bargain is the second installment from Regina Jennings series, Fort Reno. I have to say this one is probably among my favorites written by her, as well as, among my top ten favorites I have read in 2018. Hattie and Jack's story is so sweet, fun, and delightful. I can not tell how much I love The Lieutenant's Bargain. I would give it one hundred stars if I could. I highly highly recommend it. I can not wait to see what happens in the third addition to Fort Reno series. I received this book from the author, but was not required to write a review. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    Lieutenant Jack Hennessey has found himself thriving as he serves the Indian nations surrounding Fort Reno. He's learning their languages, earning their trust, and helping build bridges between the tribes and the troopers. Though his heart has always pined for his childhood friend Hattie Walker, he knows she has never really taken him seriously.Pursuing her career as an artist has always been important to Hattie, and when her parents begin insisting it is time for her to leave it behind and find Lieutenant Jack Hennessey has found himself thriving as he serves the Indian nations surrounding Fort Reno. He's learning their languages, earning their trust, and helping build bridges between the tribes and the troopers. Though his heart has always pined for his childhood friend Hattie Walker, he knows she has never really taken him seriously.Pursuing her career as an artist has always been important to Hattie, and when her parents begin insisting it is time for her to leave it behind and find a suitable man to marry, Hattie decides to venture west to improve her scope of experience. Though one might mistake her determination for stubbornness, deep down Hattie is sweet and vulnerable. She is shattered when misfortune befalls her travels, and her only ray of sunshine is the man who is able to come to her rescue - her former schoolmate Jack.Surprised to see her, Jack senses a chance to make a favorable impression on Hattie, but things go sideways when he finds out that the celebration he initiated ended with an Indian marriage ceremony to which neither of them consented! When he tries to untangle the mess, Jack is dismayed when his commanding officer says that due to his work with the tribes, it would be damaging and disrespectful to annul the vows spoken over them. How can he possibly break the news to Hattie that they are married, and even worse, that there will be no easy release from their union?The predicament these two find themselves in is quite intriguing, and Regina Jennings writes with such a fun style that I often found myself laughing out loud. I liked the fact that Jack and Hattie had grown up together, giving an air of depth to their relationship when they must make a bargain about their unusual marriage. There are threads of mystery and danger woven in, and it was interesting to read about Jack's work with the Indians. I would highly recommend this story to all fans of historical romance. I could hardly wait to find out how it would come together in the end!I received my copy of this book from the author. All opinions in this review are my own.This review originated at http://reviewsbyerin.dreamwidth.org
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  • Madeleine Hiestand
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Let me preface this by saying that I absolutely loved her first novel in the Fort Reno series. Therefore I was very excited to see where the story went next. This book was a bit of a let down for me. I’m fine with stories that are a bit improbable but this story took the readers usual willing suspension of disbelief for granted. I just didn’t understand the need for a “fake” ceremony in the first place, let alone a fake ceremony that led to a supposedly real marriage?? Jack could have litera 3.5 Let me preface this by saying that I absolutely loved her first novel in the Fort Reno series. Therefore I was very excited to see where the story went next. This book was a bit of a let down for me. I’m fine with stories that are a bit improbable but this story took the readers usual willing suspension of disbelief for granted. I just didn’t understand the need for a “fake” ceremony in the first place, let alone a fake ceremony that led to a supposedly real marriage?? Jack could have literally just taken Hattie back to the fort the second he found her at the Indian reservation and she still would have thought that he had rescued her. She didn’t speak Arapaho! I get that it was an integral part of the story but it just felt silly to me. Especially since Jack was the resident aficionado on Arapaho culture and language. As far as the romance went I felt that it left something wanting. There was no real chemistry for me and then after 250 pages of Hattie bemoaning the fact that she was married to her childhood acquaintance, who also happened to be a nerd, she was suddenly in love with him? Hattie was very spoiled and selfish and honestly I would have been fine with Jack realizing this and marrying the school teacher that liked him instead. Also, I found it unbelievable that she went from being absolutely terrified of Native Americans, so much so that she thought they were trying to poison her stew for no reason at all after they had rescued her, to loving everything about them and their culture after having interacted with NA children a few times. Her changes were just too drastic to be plausible. Jack was interesting but he never really felt fully developed to me. The way he was written he seemed to almost have a hint of Asperger’s syndrome. I have read a few romance novels with hero’s that suffer from the same syndrome and they were fully fleshed out characters, not just overtly fixated on books and details like Jack. After all that I did really enjoy the stagecoach robbery mystery. That aspect kept me on the edge of my seat. Please do not let me deter you from reading this well written and engaging novel. I personally just had a hard time looking past some of the flaws is all!
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  • Barb
    January 1, 1970
    “The Lieutenant’s Bargain” by Regina Jennings is the second book in her Fort Reno series. I had previously read “Holding the Fort” and enjoyed the book very much. The second book is just as good.Hattie Walker is traveling to Denver to see if her artwork will be accepted in one of the museums there. This is her last chance to prove herself to her parents. They want her to stay in Van Buren and get married and have a family. She, on the other hand, is only interested in furthering her artistic tal “The Lieutenant’s Bargain” by Regina Jennings is the second book in her Fort Reno series. I had previously read “Holding the Fort” and enjoyed the book very much. The second book is just as good.Hattie Walker is traveling to Denver to see if her artwork will be accepted in one of the museums there. This is her last chance to prove herself to her parents. They want her to stay in Van Buren and get married and have a family. She, on the other hand, is only interested in furthering her artistic talent.As she travels on a stage through Indian Territory, it is attacked and she is the lone survivor. When the stage doesn’t show up at Fort Reno, soldiers are sent to find it. Hattie has been rescued by the Arapahoe. However, she believes that they are hostile and that she is in danger. Unbeknownst to her, an old friend from home is a lieutenant at the fort. She was never keen on him because he seemed to feel he was superior because he was always correcting her. In reality, he cared for her very much and was such a bookworm, that he really did know more than most of his peers.Lieutenant Jack Hennesy comes to the Indian village to get Hattie. The chief plots to see that Jack and Hattie are wed in an Indian ceremony and in the eyes of the tribe they are lawfully married. Hattie is definitely not happy about this situation which forces her to curtail her trip to Denver for a while. In the meantime, she and Jack find companionship that eventually resolves itself. The danger is still great because the outlaw has not been apprehended and Hattie is in danger.I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a light romance and was just the thing for a cozy Saturday evening. I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley.com in return for my honest review.You can find this review on my blog at https://wp.me/p2pjIt-wV. Other reviews can be found at http://imhookedonbooks.wordpress.com.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    The Lieutenant’s Bargain by Regina Jennings is the second in her delightful series, The Fort Reno series. Set in December 1885 in what was termed Indian Territory, Hattie Walker finds herself alone in the wild, freezing and terrified. On her way to Denver for an art exhibition, the stagecoach in which Hattie was a passenger, was attacked by a gunman leaving all other passengers dead and Hattie striving to survive the night. After surviving the terror and the night in the middle of nowhere, Hatti The Lieutenant’s Bargain by Regina Jennings is the second in her delightful series, The Fort Reno series. Set in December 1885 in what was termed Indian Territory, Hattie Walker finds herself alone in the wild, freezing and terrified. On her way to Denver for an art exhibition, the stagecoach in which Hattie was a passenger, was attacked by a gunman leaving all other passengers dead and Hattie striving to survive the night. After surviving the terror and the night in the middle of nowhere, Hattie finds herself rescued by a group of Arapaho, friendly but with her fear of Indians, Hattie does not recognize any their gestures to care for her as positive. Lieutenant Jack Hennessy out of Fort Reno, has worked with the Indians to establish trust so that the Indians will send their children to the mission school for an education. Receiving a message about a survivor of a apparent stagecoach robbery, Hennessy heads out to retrieve the survivor and return to Fort Reno. Upon his arrival strange things begin happening, like finding the survivor in a state of severe dishevelment and starving. Confused, he learns the survivor has earned a rather unflattering nickname and the entire village wants her gone. After requesting, and receiving, permission for a ceremony for Hattie to be released to him, the lieutenant heads back to the fort completely clueless that the ceremony he had just participated in held a particular meaning, one that would endanger both Jack and Hattie’s futures. As with the first novel of the series, The Lieutenant’s Bargain is a great story evoking a bit of history, old west action, romance and plenty of chuckles. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the story and am looking forward to the next installment of The Fort Reno series! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and am under no obligation to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions therein are solely my own.
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